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Friday 12 July


Scottish Media Freedom Summit: how can we defend media freedom? How can we protect journalists, media workers, cartoonists, photographers and publications from threats to silence them? Join the NUJ, Scottish PEN, the Saltire Society and the University of Edinburgh Law School at this free, full-day conference in Edinburgh on Friday 19 July to explore modern press freedom and the threats we face. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website.

North Wales Coast branch summer party: come along to the branch meeting and social on Thursday 18 July at the Conwy Suite, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay LL29 7SP. Find out more on the NUJ website.

NUJ London Freelance new members’ meeting: find out more with a face-to-face meeting with fellow LFB members and with freelance branch officers who can listen to your specific questions - and hopefully answer some of them - and give you tips on negotiating a freelance career on Thursday 25 July. Find out more on the NUJ website.

Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival: join this weekend of family entertainment from 19-21 July, with stalls, political debate, comedy, music and a grand procession through the village. Speakers include Jeremy Corbyn, Frances O'Grady, Len McCluskey, Angela Rayner and Mark Serwotka. Lots of music, including Eddi Reader. Find out more on the festival website.

Advice on tax: accountancy firm HW Fisher & Company is running another of its successful seminars on tax for the self-employed and staffers who have recently become freelance on Thursday 5 September in London. It will cover tax and NICs; self-assessment; allowable expenses; setting up in business; Making Tax Digital; and operating via a limited liability company. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website.

Freelance Salon, Cardiff: the theme is Specialise or Diversify. The venue is the Clayton Hotel. St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1GD. Put Saturday 12 October in your diary, more information to follow. Check on the NUJ Wales Training website for updates on speakers.

The World Federation of Science Journalists is offering up to 20 journalists the opportunity to participate in a funded training workshop on a topic of immunisation, 14-16 October, in Geneva. Find out more on the federation’s website.

Training, workshops & webinars

PR & communications training: whether you have no experience in communications or  already work in a public relations role, this NUJ course in London on Friday 13 September will help you to hone the skills necessary to ensure your organisation’s mission and message are at the forefront of any media. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

Introduction to TV drama scriptwriting: this one-day introductory NUJ course in London on Saturday 14 September will help to take the germ of an idea from script to screen. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

A few places are still left on the health & safety stage 1 course in London on Tuesday 16 July. Whether you are a health and safety rep or not, the course will help you understand the importance of the H&S rep’s role within a chapel or branch. If you can't make that one, the next is on 24& 25 September. No courses in August, but check out the programme of free NUJ reps’ training in the autumn.

NUJ Training Scotland has subsidised courses in July and August on an introduction to subbing and copy editing and Google tools for Journalists. Dates yet to be confirmed on television news production skills and TV reporter skills (free to NUJ members). Find out more on the Scottish training website or contact

NUJ Training Wales has a range of on-line learning opportunities, subsidised courses and media road shows for members. Upcoming courses include how to understand mental health conditions, how to make a podcast and shooting film on your iPhone/Pad. Find out more on the Welsh training website.

Free professional training workshops: sign on at the Federation of Entertainment Unions' training website and as a member of the NUJ you will be able to take part in a range of training webinars and free workshops in London including how to: use MailChimp for emails, newsletters and mailing lists; and develop your communication skills. In Bristol: you can find out how to run a crowdfunding campaign on 18 July. For more details and to book your place, go to the FEU website.

NUJ democracy

The latest vacancies for NUJ's councils and committees are now on the NUJ website. The final date for nominations is close of business Monday 29 July.

Have your say

Structural review: the NUJ has a proud democratic tradition, but also recognises that the current structures are not working effectively. Our Delegate Meeting instructed the union to review its practices and is inviting members to initiate conversations on how the union organises itself internally and engages with its members. Find out more on the NUJ website. The deadline for submissions has been extended. Send your ideas to

Comedy, cabaret & drama

The Chapel Playhouse is based in the basement of the Bread & Roses at the Chapel at the NUJ's London HQ, King's Cross. Shows include stand-up comedy, cabaret and new plays – check out the events diary.

Keep your membership details up to date

Make sure the union has up-to-date records of your address, personal email address, phone number and employment details. Use the NUJ website to update your details online or email: 

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